The TCS Competition challenges the next generation to be socially and culturally aware of the impact technology has on society. Compete for scholarships to the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering!

About the Competition

Each year the Department of Technology, Culture and Society (TCS) hosts the annual competition for high school students, challenging them to think critically about problems in our society and to create solutions in the following areas:

  • Sustainable Urban Environments
  • Science and Technology Studies: Medicine, Law, Science and Technology
  • Integrated Digital Media

Winners and finalists earn cash prizes and NYU Engineering scholarships ranging from $12,000-20,000 per year. High schools receive trophies and plaques.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 TCS Competition

SUSTAINABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

  1. Nataliya Melnyk, Angelika Saribekyan (Staten Island Technical High School)
  2. Jacklyn Yoon, Steve Zheng (Jericho High School)
  3. Federica Bruno (St. Joseph Hill Academy)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

  1. Flavia Sinha (Hunter College High School)
  2. Teresa Chen, Rebecca Chang, Sanam Bhatia, (Stuyvesant High School)
  3. Victoria Litvinova (Staten Island Technical High School)

INTEGRATED DIGITAL MEDIA

  1. Mika Jain (Stuyvesant High School)
  2. Michael Reininger (Montgomery High School)
  3. Andrei Aldea (United Nations International School)

Congratulations to the 2014 TCS Competition Finalists

SUSTAINABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

  • Chris Chen, Matthew Su, Jessica Huang (Jericho High School)
  • Nataliya Melnyk, Angelika Saribekyan (Staten Island Technical High School)
  • Eric Gan, Sagar Buttan (Jericho High School)
  • Theodora Danias (Staten Island Technical High School)
  • Eloise Kaehny, Ava Kaplan, Benjamin Kravitz (Bronx High School of Science)
  • Federica Bruno, St. Joseph Hill Academy
  • Jacklyn Yoon, Steve Zheng (Jericho High School)
  • Joyce Jia, Uma Kanth (Jericho High School)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

  • Flavia Sinha (Hunter College High School)
  • Lauren Chung, Laya Manoj (Biotechnology High School)
  • Ien li, Derek Ux (Jericho High School)
  • Vinuri Ranaweera, Allison Rerick, Tatheer Adnan (Staten Island Technical High School)
  • Teresa Chen, Rebecca Chang, Sanam Bhatia, (Stuyvesant High School)
  • Victoria Litvinova (Staten Island Technical High School)
  • Charles Luca (Valley Stream Central High School)
  • Cameron Ghazvini, Shamik Shah (Jericho High School)

INTEGRATED DIGITAL MEDIA

  • Michael Reininger (Montgomery High School)
  • Andrei Aldea (United Nations International School)
  • Mika Jain (Stuyvesant High School)
  • Jorge Reyes (Stuyvesant High School)
  • Lise Ho (Stuyvesant High School)
  • Malcolm Wells, Keiran Carpen, Kyle Oleksiuk (Stuyvesant High School)
  • Jessica Ng (Stuyvesant High School)
  • Jan Li, Hyunwoo Jeung (Stuyvesant High School)

 

Thank you to all teams that submitted a proposal. Each one was very good, making it difficult for professors to make a decision. We hope all participants consider participating in the 2014-2015 TCS High School Competition.

Competition Details

SUSTAINABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

Contest

How can cities respond to the threat of major storms like Hurricane Sandy, which may become more frequent in years to come? Teams of one to three students should propose ways that cities in New York and New Jersey should change the design and planning of roads, buildings, infrastructure and coasts, communication or other systems to minimize damage from major storms in the future.
 

Criteria

High School Sophomores and Juniors:

Evaluation will be based on how well projects:

  • Clearly describe a particular problem that may result from events such as Hurricane Sandy
  • Discuss potential damage to the city and its population if this problem is not adequately addressed (such as in terms of health, convenience, cost, etc.).
  • Describe a proposed response to this problem –through planning, infrastructure, design, communications, etc. - that reduces risk and damage.

 

Submission Format

May be submitted as a research paper or as a video. See FAQs for details.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES

Contest

Teams of one to three students should critically discuss the ethical, legal, and social implications of the use of technology in addressing one issue in healthcare. 

Below are sample issues.  Contestants may choose another issue, as long as it is focused and an argument can be given for why it is important.
(a) Personalized medicine.
(b) Acute patient care.
(c)  Managed healthcare
 

Criteria

High School Sophomores and Juniors:

Projects will be evaluated based on how well they make an argument about the issue, and how well they are written.
 

Submission Format

Must be submitted as a research paper. See FAQs for details.

INTEGRATED DIGITAL MEDIA

Contest

Teams of one to three students submit videos of the coolest thing they have ever made. Creations must use some form of digital technology (app, short film, website, robot, led project, 3d graphics, interface design, code experiment, sound design, audio project, etc.)

The video is intended to show off what you made.
 

Criteria

High School Sophomores and Juniors:

Projects will be evaluated based on how awesome your digital technology is and how clearly you explain it.
 

Submission Format

Must be submitted as a video. See FAQs for details.

 

Eligibility

Contest open to high school sophomores and juniors in the New York and New Jersey area.

Prizes

  • First place team in each competition receives a $1,000 award and a $20,000 in scholarship ($5,000/year)
  • Second place team receives $500 and a $16,000 in scholarship ($4,000/year)
  • Third place team receives $250 and a $12,000 in scholarship ($3,000/year)
  • Remaining finalists receive $4,000 in scholarship ($1,000/year)

First, Second, and Third Place Trophies are given to the high schools of the team members; Finalists Plaques also given to the high schools. Each finalist is awarded a NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering scholarship to be used only at NYU Engineering. Team members must be accepted to NYU Engineering to use the scholarship.

Important Competition Dates

DEADLINE EXTENSION:
Friday, October 18, 2013

Mentor registers students. (Please note: registration is now closed)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Webinar that tells students and mentors more about TCS programs, answers contest questions during our Q&A session, and gives tips on how to have a successful experience. Please click here to listen to the recorded session of our October 25th webinar.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Webinar on how to make a video for video submission entries. Tips on preparing proposals for research paper and video entries.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Webinar for participants of the Science and Technology Studies challenge. This webinar will focus on healthcare and provide tips on preparing proposals for research paper entries.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Beginning at 8:00am, students will be able to submit their proposals. Proposal submission deadline will run until 8:00pm. All students may submit their proposals to Krysta Battersby, Project Manager, via email at TCS@poly.edu.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Finalists from each tier will be selected by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering faculty. Announcement of finalists via email to students, mentors and high school principals.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:30pm
 

A webinar about how to properly include citations in your paper will be offered. Students will be sent the webinar link once they register.

Friday, March 21, 2014, 6:00pm

A webinar tutoring you on presentation skills and tips. Students will be sent the webinar link once they register.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Finalists and their mentors invited to present (15 minutes each) before NYU Engineering judges: winners are announced at the end of the day.